Heather Nichols began her training at West End Academy of Dance in Richmond, Virginia. In 2009, Ms. Nichols joined the Richmond Ballet as a trainee. From 2011-2015, Ms. Nichols attended Butler University and received her Bachelor of Science in Dance Pedagogy and Pre-Physical Therapy. After graduating in 2015, she accepted a contract with Ballet San Antonio, where she spent four years. In 2019, Ms. Nichols joined Kansas City Ballet as a company member.
Throughout her career with Ballet San Antonio and Kansas City Ballet she has danced leading and featured roles in works by Peter Anastos, Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, Devon Carney, Yosvanni Cortellan, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Edwaard Liang, Parish Maynard, Emily Mistretta, Irene Rodriguez, Willy Shives, Price Suddarth, Ben Stevenson, Septime Weber, Bruce Wells, Haley and Easton Wells. She created her first choreographic work Meraki on the Kansas City Ballet in March, 2022. This summer Heather participated in her first season with National Choreographers Initiative where she worked with Emily Adams and Jennifer Hart.